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Shocker: GOP Was Right About Stem Cells

From a distraught Associated Press:


Stem cell breakthrough could benefit GOP

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 20

WASHINGTON — A breakthrough in stem cell research could give President Bush and his anti-abortion allies a political I-told-you-so in a debate Democrats have long been planning to use in next year’s elections.

Bush’s twin vetoes of bills to put taxpayer dollars behind embryonic stem cell research, Democrats said, showed that he would let ideology block progress in finding cures to diseases that afflict millions of people.

Bush insisted that medical advances could be made without destroying embryos.

On Tuesday, two teams of scientists on different continents reported advances in research that might prove him right, giving his administration a dose of vindication in an otherwise grim last year of office.

In the journals Science and Cell, the scientists reported that they had coaxed regular human cells into mimicking the disease-fighting potential of embryonic stem cells — without destroying budding human life.

Debate over, according to White House officials.

“This is evidence … that we can get the good results we want from science without cutting corners on ethics,” said Karl Zinsmeister, Bush’s domestic policy adviser. “Let’s not set up a false choice between on the one hand, progress, and on the other hand, ethics.”

Stem cells extracted from embryos a few days old can morph into any type of tissue and are widely considered to hold the greatest promise of treatments and cures for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other ailments. But extracting the stem cells destroys the embryo. Bush and his allies consider that crossing an ethical line that taxpayers should not be forced to finance. Proponents of the process say public money would only be used on embryos that would be discarded anyway under the vetoed legislation.

And they say the scientific breakthroughs reported Tuesday changes nothing about the debate. All types of stem cell research should be promoted with federal funding, proponents say.

Additionally, said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., the years of vetoes and the personal nature of the debate have educated voters to the nuances of the rhetoric. Research on cells derived from adults is not a substitute for embryonic stem cell research, she said.

“The argument that we need to have all types of ethical research is the argument that sways voters,” DeGette said Tuesday. “The White House and the opponents of stem cell research have been saying for years that they think adult stem cells are substitutes. This is not a new argument that they’re making.”

“Scientists may yet find that embryonic stem cells are more powerful,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. “We need to continue to pursue all alternatives as we search for treatments for diabetes, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries.”

Gosh, those Republicans would just be mean enough to point out how they have been right and the abortionists and their allies in the Democrat Party and media have been wrong.

Luckily the article goes on to undercut the findings with quotes from well known microbiologists like Democrat Rep. DeGette and Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin.

Certainly no one could accuse the AP of playing politics with such an important issue.

Bush insisted that medical advances could be made without destroying embryos. On Tuesday, two teams of scientists on different continents reported advances in research that might prove him right, giving his administration a dose of vindication in an otherwise grim last year of office.

And by “grim” the AP means a year wherein Mr. Bush’s single most important policy, the war in Iraq, is proving to be right after all.

But the AP and their Democrat masters aside, this should be great news for everyone except the professional baby killers and their accomplices in the media and the DNC.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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